Saturday, March 14, 2020

The Coronavirus is Affecting Everyone

I've been following the news closely and am aware of the state of the world, as well as new coronavirus cases that are mentioned daily,

It seems like things have taken a turn for the worst in the past 3 days.  On Wednesday, I took Scarlett to the library for her weekly preschool library class, which I found out was canceled until further notice.  Upon hearing this, I felt very uneasy.  Not to mention there was barely anyone at the library.  It was an eerie feeling.  

Since Wednesday, things have progressively went downhill in my area.  Local businesses have shut down, people are wanting to self-quarantine to keep themselves healthy, and the schools are closed until who knows when.  The sense of panic and anxiety in the air is palpable and it's really a scary time.  On Facebook, statuses about social distancing keep popping up and people are very serious about it.  There are a few virus cases in our state now.  

Our grocery stores have no meat, no milk, no eggs, no soap, toilet paper/paper towels, minimal baby food, minimal medicine and are low on plenty of other things.  I've never walked into the grocery store and hoped they had chicken that day, but now it's a real concern.  Two grocery stores that I went to this morning had no chicken, let alone any other poultry.  I can't begin to tell you what it's like to see shelves and cases empty.  It feels like the end of the world, like we're all in some weird science fiction movie. We have a tub of canned goods and non-perishables that we stocked up on in our basement.  It's not even normal to have to do this. I question if we have enough too.

I am doing my best to keep myself and my family healthy, but the part that I fear the most is knowing that I could have the virus and not even know it.  When I went to the grocery store, the cashier could have the virus and passed it onto me.  Only time will tell.  At some point everyone will be infected, it's only a matter of when.  You can't live in fear, but it certainly makes you nervous to leave the house.

Scarlett will be missing a large chunk of school, and I am not even sure when her last day of preschool is yet.  Everything is up in the air.  Her teacher will be emailing over lessons and information to work with her on at home.  We've been doing some preschool workbooks just so she can have some sense of education while on this hiatus.

I am trying not to scare Scarlett and talk too much about the virus.  I did tell her the truth to an extent and mention that a lot of the world is sick, so school is closed until everyone can get better.  I said nobody we know is sick yet, but it's good to be healthy and wash our hands and do our best to keep the germs at bay.  I am not sure how much she truly understands, but I don't want to lie to her.  

I hope everyone reading this has enough food, supplies, and medicine and that you're safe and healthy so far.  Please take care. 

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